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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 19 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Walker's Anthology (Trailblazer Guides) (Hardcover)
The Walker's Anthology

You can't really read it while walking , but it's ideal for quick reads; each section takes less than a minute to read.

And the sections are really interesting - they're not just from walking books, but from books about all kinds of other things (nature, memoir, history, travel) and from all kinds of dates (around 1600 to today).

Great fun - and surprisingly illuminating. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse and Interesting, 16 Dec. 2014
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M. A. Armstrong "MarkA" (Somerset) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Walker's Anthology (Trailblazer Guides) (Hardcover)
This book is an ideal travel companion for a walking holiday being a small hardback of 160 pages and it can be dipped into at short notice to read the small extracts from travel literature in any order one wishes without worrying where you have got to. Although the book has themes for chapters, the writing is drawn from such different sources, it does not matter in what order you read any of it. For example, in Through Countryside we have walking in the Arabian Desert, a walk-about in Australia, in the west African forest, the Black Forest, China, Suffolk and Norfolk amongst others and the writings date from 1769 to 1985. They also include excerpts from fiction as well as travel writing, including Pride and Prejudice, Tess of the D'Urbevilles and Oliver Twist and that is all just in this one chapter. The contents gives a list of every piece of writing making it easy to pick out pieces to read.

So, as you see, it is a real pick 'n' mix of an anthology. However, it's diversity is such that each excerpt rarely follows in any logical fashion to the next and no attempt is made to tie any of the writings together apart from the chapter topics. It's rather like having a mix-tape (or playlist) where songs are put together by song title alone despite the songs being from hugely varied genres.

Having said that, that does not detract from enjoying discovering the diverse writing contained in this book. Also the inclusion of brief biographies of the writers and a bibliography means that you can follow up any sections that you enjoyed with some further reading. And I forgot to mention that at the bottom of every page is a quote about walking from such diverse characters as John F Kennedy, Einstein, Shakespeare and Leonardo da Vinci which make for an enjoyable distraction.

The Walker's Anthology makes a great choice for a gift for someone that enjoys walking and/or literature and a great companion for a walking holiday.

This review first appeared on High Point Holidays website.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Present, 9 Jan. 2014
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C. Simons "Chris" (UK) - See all my reviews
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The person I gave this to is a 'walker' and was very pleased with it. She said it was most interesting.
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